Catholic leaders, parishioners in Detroit holding assembly

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St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Detroit, courtesy the church's Facebook page.

DETROIT (AP) — Catholic leaders in Detroit are planning their first synod — or assembly — in more than 45 years.

The Archdiocese of Detroit says the three-day meeting of Catholic leaders and members starts Friday at St. Aloysius Church and the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel. The archdiocese last held a synod in 1969, and it’s the 11th since its founding in 1833.

Officials say the focus of the assembly is to help the church more effectively evangelize — or spread the word of God in southeastern Michigan.

The roughly 400 participants, including clergy members, parishioners and experts, were chosen from across the six counties that comprise the archdiocese.